Fonterra confirms job cuts plan

Fonterra workers file into a staff meeting held in the Salvation Army Hall in Hamilton.

Fonterra confirms that massive jobs cuts are underway after a series of leaks about staff meetings across the country.

Guilty of causing a stink

Fonterra's Whareroa plant in Hawera.

Fonterra has been found guilty causing a bad smell in Eltham that has lasted two years.

SFF shareholders gain support

Otago farmer Allan Richardson has gained enough support to force special meeting of Silver Fern Farms to discuss meat industry reform.

Farmer shareholders have gained enough support to force Silver Ferns Farms to hold a special meeting.

Dairy prices tumble again

Dairy prices fell another 5.9 per cent on Wednesday night.

Worried farmers 'beyond words' after eighth consecutive fall in Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Chicken maestro looks home

Max Bryant plans to return home to Manawatu soon.

Chickens might not be a sexy investment but across the ditch they're producing a steady income for a NZ-controlled company.

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opinion

Internet in the land of the long trenches

New Zealand faces higher costs than other countries in developing a broadband network.

5:00 AM  OPINION: Just comparing New Zealand's broadband prices with those overseas is simplistic because costs are higher here.

Lessons from many mentors

5:00 AM  My first boss was my mother and she was a quiet achiever who pulled me into getting things done rather than pushing me.

Trapped in a cage

It's cow heaven

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Several drink filtered effluent

Craig Hawes was surprised that several people drank his company's filtered effluent water at the Fieldays.

Patrick Roskam at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

dairy

Fonterra guilty of causing a stink

Fonterra's Whareroa plant in Hawera.

Fonterra has been found guilty causing a bad smell in Eltham that has lasted two years.

Dairy prices tumble again

Worried farmers 'beyond words' after eighth consecutive fall in Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Executive director Ron Pellow is at ease with the demonstration farm's declining financial performance because of the environmental advantages.

LUDF in bottom rung of top dairy farmers

5:00 AM  The dairy demonstration farm at Lincoln University is sliding down the ladder against top Canterbury farmers because opf nitrogen loss restraints managers have placed on its farming system.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Strong bull buying on good market

Canterbury buyers came out in all conditions to eye up the talent in a good bull selling season.

5:00 AM  Drought failed to deter bull buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

Bull sales encounter snow

Heavy snow played havoc with Canterbury bull sales, but failed to stop an offering of 92 bulls going to strong bidding at James and Fiona Fraser's Stern Angus bull sale in Totara Valley

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Sheep

Sheep deaths escalating

Sheep from the livestock ship Nada are coralled on arrival in Mexico.

SAFE is claiming 252 sheep destined for the live export shipment to Mexico, died before they even went on board.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Clinton farmer Hamish Bielski won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent award in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

Sheep industry celebrates its best

The sheep industry's standout performers have been named at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill.

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

TPP would grow NZ

Protesters shout at senate offices as they demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement on Capitol Hill in Washington in late June.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will about 2 per cent a year to the New Zealand economy, economist says.

SFF shareholders gain support

Farmer shareholders have gained enough support to force Silver Ferns Farms to hold a special meeting.

Storage water for a new irrigation scheme is proposed to come from the Waitohi River.

Hawarden farmers looking forward to end of irrigation process

5:00 AM  Hawarden farmers who took much of the brunt of the Canterbury drought hope the long wait for a new irrigation scheme is over.

Discovery

The fly with a taste for thistles

The gall fly deposits its eggs on the scotch thistle's buds and flowers.

Gordon Levet writes on efforts to knock back scotch thistles by using a fly that has taste for thistle seed.

How many worms in your soil?

AgResearch scientists seek help to gain a better understanding of one of the little known heroes of NZ agricultural production.

Terry Hawes, left, and his son, Craig, Hawes demonstrate the before and after filtration from dairy farm effluent through their Forsi recycling system.

Recycling set to revolutionise dairy farming

A recycling system which turns cow poo into clean water could be about to revolutionise NZ's dairy industry.

rural women

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Video

Helen Clark wins top Kea award

Former PM gets supreme award at Kea's World Class New Zealand Awards.

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